Sticker shock at the cost of handmade products is a phenomenon of our generation. We buy inexpensive imports of lesser quality, satisfied by their lifespan because we have become so fickle and trend-obsessed. While it has become a global habit over the last few decades, Americans are especially good at justifying disposable goods. We move, we change, and so we buy, buy, and buy.
But there is a quiet shift in that mentality, especially those travelers among us that see the need to use less, preserve more, and appreciate limited resources. Notice how in many other places, items like furniture are passed on from one generation to the next? These objects have soul.